Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7:00 PM MDT
Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 5:00 PM MDT

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Ewam and Garden of One Thousand Buddhas 
34756 White Coyote Road
PO Box 330
Arlee, MT 59821

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Deborah Hicks 
Ewam Sang-ngag Ling 

Drakpo Pema Traktung Retreat
taught by Namchak Khenpo
at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
Aree, MT
Mar 31-Apr 2, 2017


Pema Traktung is among the practices of Guru Rinpoche in the wrathful form, which is the embodiment of all wrathful deities such as Vajrapani, Hayagriva, and so on. A treasure dharma discovered by Namchak Tsasum Lingpa, it is a vital practice on the path to ultimate enlightenment especially meant for overcoming obstacles of negative forces and removing the defilements, negative conditions of practice, and the clearing of obstacles including demonic forces and diseases causing epidemics such as Ebola, cancer, lyme, AIDS, etc. with the ability to cure them. Regular Webcast Practice will continue after the retreat at no cost led by Namchak Khenpo by GoTo Webinar from 6-7pm, every other Wednesday. Register HERE for ongoing webcast practice. 

Arrive at 5pm, Friday, Mar 31 to register, load into room, and socialize. 
Light snack meal provided at 6pm on Friday night following check in.
Schedule for retreat is Friday night, Mar 31 teaching beginning 7-9pm at Shrine room.
Saturday and Sunday, Apr 1-2 from 9am-12pm and 2-5pm
with possible evening practice or karma yoga on Saturday evening from 7-9pm. 

RETREAT COST: $150 plus Dana for residential retreat.
Tuition is $100 if you are commuting each day (lunch included). Additionally, t
here will be texts for purchase.
Bring Cascade of Blessings and the Namchak Concise Ngondro if you already own them.

For general questions, please email Deborah Hicks at media@ewam.org or call 406.726.0555. 
For a complete schedule of teachings, please visit www.ewam.org


The retreat will be held in the Shrine room in Arlee, MT at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. The sangha house will be open for those who wish to sleep indoors, though camping is also available. Register early to ensure a room. Arrive at 5pm on Friday, Mar 31 to check in, make payments, load into your room or set up your tent, and a light snack meal will be served at 6pm in the sangha house.


Bring your own tent and gear and sleep outside. Temperatures during the day range anywhere from 70-100 and in the evenings it can range anywhere from 10-50 degrees. Campers and RV’s are also welcome. 


We provide three vegetarian meals a day in the sangha house beginning with a light sncak meal at 6pm on Friday, Mar 31. There will be a cook for lunch and dinner, however you will prepare your own breakfast with food provided. Items for breakfast will be: nut butters, jelly, cereal, muesli, milk, yogurt (fat-free, regular), fruit, bread, oatmeal, and eggs. 

Air and Ground Transportation

We are 30 minutes from the Missoula airport. There is a section on the registration form for you to list whether you need a shuttle from the airport and your flight details.  Depending on how many people are flying in for this retreat, you may have to wait at the airport for no more than an hour for your ride to limit the amount of trips back and forth.

If you are driving, here are directions to Ewam and the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas.

Karma Yoga 

Karma Yoga (work service) represents time offered to support the needs of the retreat and is an intrinsic part of spiritual practice. All retreatants are expected to participate in approximately one hour of karma yoga daily. We greatly appreciate your willingness to help in this way.  You will have the same job every day and it is up to you to trade jobs with people if you prefer. 

What to Bring

  • Layered clothing for hot days and cold nights, temperatures range anywhere from 10-50 degrees in Mar
  • Sunhats
  • Bath towels
  • Camping gear if camping—tent with rain fly and/or tarp, comfortable padding, and warm sleeping bag
  • Insect Repellent
  • Lantern or flashlight and batteries
  • We provide cushions, but please bring whatever makes you comfortable for meditation
  • Sturdy shoes or hiking boots
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Refillable water bottle or thermos
  • Personal items, alarm clock, bath towel, washcloth, toiletries
  • Earplugs


To pay for the retreat you can either click on the Paypal link on the registration form, click on this link to pay with credit card, mail a check into Ewam or pay in person prior to the empowerment on Friday.  If you are interested in becoming a member please go to Ewam’s  membership homepage.

CANCELLATION AND NO SHOW POLICY: We understand that situations arise in which you must cancel your attendance. As we purchase food based on registered attendees, we request you provide more than 24 hours notice to cancel for a refund. Refunds will be charged applicable handling fees. We are unable to offer a refund for cancellations made less than 72 hours notice or for no show participants who have not made timely cancellation arrangements. We understand that certain unavoidable circumstances may cause you to cancel within 24 hours. Fees in this instance may be waived with management approval or credit for furture programs will be given. Payments made to Ewam in kind with no service or product received in return is a tax deductible donation made to a 501(c)3 charitable institution.